Plant Foods to the Rescue for Better PCOS Health

Who’s making a return to movie screens this fall? As far as your health is concerned, fruits and vegetables are the real “superheroes.”
They spring into action once inside your body, helping to control Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) weight in combination with regular exercise and fighting cancer as well as other diseases. Phytochemicals in such foods as Brussels sprouts, red cabbage and kale may help prevent cancer by activating enzymes that break down carcinogens.
A diet that combines plant-based fruits and vegetables, including beans and nuts, appears to bring out the best in each item and magnifies each one’s protective effects.
Doctors and scientists suggest selecting five to nine daily servings of fruit and vegetables from color groups such as purple grapes, yellow squash and red tomatoes, whose outward appearance derives from disease-fighting chemicals called carotenoids. For example, a carotenoid known as lycopene, which is found in tomatoes, may reduce the risk of prostate cancer by up to 35%, as well as lowering the chance of a heart attack or stroke. Carotenoids like lutein and zeaxanthin in spinach and other leafy greens can fight age-related eye disease.
Antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables neutralize dangerous molecules called free radicals. Left unchecked, free radicals attack healthy cells and may create artery-blocking plaque, as well as damaging DNA in a way that creates cancer and even causing the onset of the cognitive decline known as Alzheimer’s Disease.
Blueberries and other berries are packed with antioxidants like Vitamin C, which can reduce the risk of heart disease and prevent urinary-tract infections by inhibiting bacteria. Other fruits and vegetables, such as bananas and peas, are often high in potassium, which may help control hypertension (high blood pressure).Vitamin B6, also found in bananas as well as broccoli and leafy greens, can lower levels of homocysteine, which has been linked to hardening of the arteries, heart attacks, stroke and dementia.
Antioxidants in foods such as garlic and licorice may also shut down a process called angiogenesis, by which tumors recruit blood supplies to help them grow and spread.
“Mother nature is cleverer than all of us and has laced many of our favorite foods with things that can be helpful,” said Dr. William Li, President of the Angiogenesis Foundation. “Ancient cultures have long recognized that your diet can be healing, and scientists are only now beginning to understand why,” he added.
Fruits and vegetables as part of a healthy diet can help to reverse the imbalance of glucose and insulin in the blood stream called Insulin Resistance. If neglected, Insulin Resistance may lead to excess weight and obesity, which, in turn, can result in a number of disorders, including the cluster of cardiovascular diseases called Metabolic Syndrome (Syndrome X) as well as Pre-Diabetes and the leading cause of female infertility known as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).

Next Steps

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